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Preventing Radicalization: Moving Beyond the Criminal Lens

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Members of the Indian wrestling team, coaching staff and at-risk teens workout in preparation for the 'Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood' competition to raise money and support the 'Beat the Streets L.A.' an inner-city after school wrestling program aimed at providing structure in the life of at-risk youth attending L.A. area schools. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Indian wrestling team, coaching staff and at-risk teens workout in preparation for the ‘Hollywood Wrestles Bollywood’ competition to raise money and support the ‘Beat the Streets L.A.’ an inner-city after school wrestling program aimed at providing structure in the life of at-risk youth attending L.A. area schools. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

There are seven core sectors to address when discussing programs to preventing violent extremism (PVE). The most common sector is within law enforcement, which often sees radicalization through a criminal lens, meaning that criminal justice usually either sees the radicalized individual or looks to prevent radicalization,  and in doing so often paints the individual as a potential criminal.

This is in part why it’s critical to view PVE as a cohesive effort that encompasses other sectors that can both inform and assist what is typically seen chiefly a law enforcement “problem.” These other sectors include:

  • Education
  • Faith
  • Charities
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Online Portals/Internet
  • Community-driven engagement

Working in tandem, communities can better achieve PVE results that include protecting vulnerable youth from being pulled into radicalization, while also encouraging law enforcement to humanize the problem. Each sector is unique and programs should be customized to the specific sector and demographics.

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